IP Network of Enel Evolves with Italtel's NetMatch-S Border Device
Italtel (News - Alert) is a technology provider of advanced unified communication (UC) services with experience in system integration of IP Next-Generation Networks; the telecommunication company supports customers throughout the lifecycle of the adopted solution. It is an organization focused on the development and transformation of strategic technologies that meet the specific requirements of clients in terms of infrastructure.
Since 2000, Italtel has concentrated on next-generation networks and services based on the Internet Protocol (IP), to provide companies (operating in strategic industry sectors in Italy and out of the country) with innovative solutions.
Yesterday, Italtel announced it has been selected for the evolution of the IP network of Enel, an Italian multi-utility company, to revamp its VoIP network: the task is to improve it using the Italtel Netmach-S Session Border Controller (SBC), the first SBC qualified for Microsoft (News - Alert) Lync 2013 (the new Unified Communications & Collaboration system) in Europe, for the different levels of development of the company’s business telephone communication system.
The system supplied is hardware independent and portable across all platforms in RedHat Enterprise Linux technology and incorporates a control, monitoring and configuration system called i-NEM (Italtel Neutral Element Manager), a network management platform that provides Operation & Management (O&M) functions.
NetMatch-S, a multi-functional appliance that is part of the Italtel’s border layer product line, is a highly scalable solution that offers flexibility in the infrastructure of Enel for signaling and media handling. It is a device that is to be deployed on the VoIP network of Enel to provide border-based media control over the signaling and media services to residential and/or enterprise customers.
Within the new IP network of Enel, the Italtel NetMatch-S border device will carry out interconnection among different networks, like between traditional TDM, IP and 3G/4G, while ensuring measurable differentiable Quality of Service (QoS) where media (voice and video) services are essential across IP network borders.
The network will pass through the SBC to enable key network functions for the power company and for all its venues (in 40 countries): a fully integrated IP based interconnection solution (IP PBX, UC platform) to deliver consumer public telephony services through SIP (Session Initiation Protocol (News - Alert)) with reliable communications that can be extended to all the international branches of the electric utility company. Furthermore, it will be able to exert control over the signaling and/or media paths between the VoIP call parties.
On the interconnect side, the SBC provides IP-to-IP mediation and transcoding capability, which are essential features for VoIP connectivity; this is a result of the Media Termination Function (MTF) that provides the signaling and media negotiation, in addition to media anchoring and signaling decoupling.
In sum, NetMatch-S will enable Enel to address complex scenarios, from routing intelligence to policing over an IP connection to PBXs or UC platforms. Even more, will allow voice session network address translation (NAT) to provide secure IP communications and voice over IP (VoIP) telephony beyond their organization.
This NetMatch product can offer scalable solutions for a wide range of customers, other than be a solution to the VoIP network of Enel to provide interoperability among different Unified Communication IP networks. It is also said to be of value for rapid migration from legacy TDM to All-IP next-generation networks.
Moreover, it’s a device that can offer full interoperability with other vendors' Unified Communications (News - Alert) & Collaborations systems, Italtel affirms. For that reson and more, NetMatch-S is likely to be appreciated by other service providers and enterprise network users that incorporate the use of VoIP.
Presently, on the Session Border Controller market, there are a few product editions to choose from: the Lite Edition (LE) is a software-based SBC that runs on COTS hardware platforms; there are also a Compact Edition (CE) and a Performance Edition (PE), which are hardware based on a standard ATCA (Advanced Telecommunications Computing Architecture) carrier-grade platform that differs by the slots in the ATCA shelf and are scaled independently of the signaling controller.
Edited by Alisen Downey